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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Painted Poppies, Sending You Thoughts, Birthday Card, 2020 Spring Catalog and Sale-A-Bration

I actually had to look up online to see if poppies come in other colors than reds.  I don't know that much about poppies but I did discover there is a very pretty Himalayan blue poppy.  It's SO pretty that it almost made me want to buy the seeds to plant them.  Almost. I'm not big on gardening.  That requires you to go outside.  LOL  

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  I cut a piece of the Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Perennial Essence" 12" x 12" pack.  It measures 5-1/4" x 2-1/8". I cut a piece of Seaside Spray card stock at 5-1/4" x 2-1/8".  I also cut a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of scrap copier paper so I could tape those two pieces to it and have just one piece to tape to the card base.  

After taping the DSP and card stock to the copier paper, I ran a piece of ribbon along the edge of the DSP.  I taped the ends to the back of the card.  I probably should have tied a bow to the ribbon, it would make that space not look so empty and open. 

I stamped the words from the "Sending You Thoughts" using black Memento ink.  

I stamped the flower from the "Painted Poppies" set using black Memento ink.  I die cut it using the die that came in the "Painted Labels" die cut set.  I colored the flower using both light and dark Old Olive and Seaside Spray Blends pens.  I took the dark Seaside Spray pen and ran the side of the pen tip along the edge of the die cut piece.  

I set the flower in place using Dimensionals and the card was done.  

This was a very quick and easy card to make. Not one of my favorites but I do like this layout. And I am going to add a knot tied under the words.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda 
       

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Little Ladybug, Itty Bitty Greetings, Birthday Card

Today I found a fun layout on Pinterest and I thought it would work well with the "Little Ladybug" set.  I think it worked.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock. This card opens on the right and the fold is on the left.

The top piece is 4" x 5-1/4" of Whisper White card stock. I used the "Corrugated" embossing folder.  I put the card stock in at an angle.

Next I stamped the words from the "Itty Bitty Greetings" using black Memento ink.  

I die cut the stitched rectangles to form the frame.  I set the frame in place using Dimensionals.

I stamped the ladybugs from the "Little Ladybug" set. I colored them with the Blends pens.  I set them in place using Dimensionals on the parts that hang over the frame.

I punched some greens using the "Sprig" punch and Old Olive and Garden Green card stock. I cut them into pieces and glued them under the frame.

This is such a fun layout and the ladybugs are just too cute.

Thank you SO much for stopping by,
Wanda

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Little Ladybug, Birthday Card, 2020 Sale-a-Bration

This "Little Ladybug" set should have been called "Stinking Cute Little Ladybug"!  It's so darn cute. I'm having a lot of fun playing with it.  Today I had some ladies over stamping and three of us copied this card. Yup, copied. I found it on Pinterest. The link is a dead end and there's no name on the card to say who to give credit to.  You can see the original card here, there are a few subtle changes.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  On top of that is a piece of Real Red that was textured with the "Layered Leaves" embossing folder.  

I cut a 1-1/4" x 5" strip of some Basic Black Designer Series Paper (DSP) from a retired Neutrals pack.  I didn't have the black gingham DSP.  Just using what I have, my motto this year.  And I also cut a 5-1/4" x 1-1/2" piece of Basic Black card stock for the layer.

I used one of the stitched rectangles to make the Whisper White focal piece. I didn't have the scalloped stitched rectangles, but they are on order!!!  I didn't see them in the catalog the first hundred times I've looked through it. LOL  

Next we all stamped our flower. I had set it up in the Stamparatus so it was easier to do and you could ink it up and not worry about missing a spot inking.  

The leaves and stem were colored in using both light and dark Old Olive Blends pens.  The center of the flower was colored in using both light and dark Daffodil Delight.  

The ladybug was stamped on a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock.  She was colored in using both light and dark Real Red Blends pens.  The face was colored in using the light Petal Pink Blends pen and her cheek was colored in using the dark Petal Pink Blends pen.  Her hands were colored in using the light Smoky Slate Blends pen. Then we fussy cut her out.  UGH. It wouldn't have been bad but we were each making four of them.  It was okay cutting it out until you got to the antenna. 

The Whisper White piece was set in place using Dimensionals.  The ladybug was set in place using Dimensionals.  I added a few crystal rhinestones because I got a bit of ink on the flower petal.  I pressed down too hard and there was ink on the inside part of the petal.  But it hid well with the rhinestone.  

I also did the words differently.  I stamped the "Happy Birthday" from the "Little Ladybug" set using black Memento ink on Whisper White card stock.  I had done it on a small strip of scrap Whisper White card stock and cut a layer behind it 1/8" larger.  I set the words in place using Dimensionals as well.  On my other three, I have not assembled them yet so I am just going to stamp the words directly onto the Whisper White panel and hope it looks good.  

We all had a fun time making these.  Even with the fussy cutting!!!  I just think it's SO cute. This ladybug has a bit of a "sass" to her!

I hope you enjoyed this card and I thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Monday, January 13, 2020

Bonanza Buddies, Children's Birthday Card

I was at a stamping event yesterday and one of the card we made used this "Bonanza Buddies" set. We fussy cut the three animals and set them on a fun layout.  I was thrilled because I knew I had ordered the set and the Designer Series Paper (DSP).  I opened up Pinterest this morning and saw this cute card, so I just had to make it.

The base of this card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock. I changed it from the half-sheet of Crushed Curry. I cut my Crushed Curry piece at 5-3/8" x 4-1/8".  

I cut a Whisper White piece at 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" and I cut the DSP from the "Birthday Bonanza" 12" x 12" package 3-3/4" x 5".

Before I taped all of those layers together, I die cut the banner pieces from the Crushed Curry piece.  No one will know that there's pieces missing between the layers.

I die cut the Koala bear from one of the sheets of DSP.  I die cut the hat from a scrap piece. The Koala I chose didn't have a hat. Some do and some don't.  And you did read that right, "die cut".  This set has matching die cuts!!!  I forgot it was a bundle and I ordered it that way!!  Yay, no more fussy cutting.  Well, except for some scrap pieces that have party hats that were not snipped off on the corners or tip.  I just fussy cut them and put them in a little zip baggie for later use.

After taping all the layers together, I added the banners.  Now I didn't pay close enough attention, but I should have taped the DSP to the Whisper White piece, add the banners, trim the ends and then continue to tape the remaining layers together.  So I had some creative snipping to do!

The dies also have this fun stitched tag one. I used Whisper White card stock to cut it out.  I had a 1/4 sheet of the card stock and after cutting the one, I decided to cut a second one.

I stamped the words on it using black Memento ink. I did set the piece up in my Stamparatus.  And I don't know why, but I decided to stamp both pieces I die cut out.

I took some ribbon I had that was kind of stiff and I looped it through and made the knot. I pulled hard and the card stock ripped.  SO I got out the other piece I die cut and stamped and I used some softer ribbon and knotted it.  I set that piece in place on the front of the card using Dimensionals.

I taped the Koala in place and added his cute hat.  That had I had die cut from a scrap piece of DSP.  I glued the tiny adorable PomPom in place from the "Assorted PomPomS"container and the card was done.  

Because I used Whisper White card stock for the base of my card that I didn't need to add anything to the inside of the card for writing.

I think this card is SO darn cute and I LOVE the words here.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda


Sunday, January 12, 2020

Bonanza Buddies, Birthday Bonanza, Children's Birthday Card

I'm having some fun playing with the new stuff. I found this fun one on Pinterest.  It was a "Z" fold card but I converted into a regular opening card.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Bermuda Bay card stock.  This card opens on the right and the fold is on the left.

On top of that I taped a 3-1/2" x 4-3/4" piece of Basic Black card stock.

Next I cut a 3-3/8" x 4-5/8" piece of Whisper White.  Then I cut a 4-5/8" x 1-1/4" piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the new "Birthday Bonanza" 12" x 12" paper pack.  This pack has SO many cute images in it, even the backsides are cute.  That makes it a bit difficult to choose sometimes. I taped that strip to the Whisper White piece.

Then I stamped the words from the "Bonanza Buddies" set using black Memento ink. You want to wait to stamp the words after you've added the DSP strip so you know where the words should go.

I taped the Whisper White piece to the Basic Black piece and I set it aside.

Then I fussy cut the bird from the same pack of DSP.  SO cute.  Yes, I did fussy cut but it's okay because he's SO darn cute it was worth it. And it really doesn't take that long, unless you are making a ton for a swap, then fussy cutting is totally out!  I set the bird in place using Dimensionals and the card was done.  Yup, as quick and simple as that.  And not to mention stikin' cute!

It's not just a child's birthday card, it could be for those who love toucans.  

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Little Ladybug, Birthday Card, 2020 Sale-a-Bration

Today I got a bug in my bonnet to make a different card.  Well, I didn't realize how much time I would be spending on making this cute card.  I found the card here on YouTube.  The step by step instructions are great. 

I didn't have the Designer Series Paper (DSP), so I used the Regals DSP 6" x 6" paper pack. 

I didn't have the embossing folder that was used so I used the "Lace 3D" one.  

I didn't have the die cut for the words on the front so I used the "Stitched Nested Labels" dies.

I didn't have the 2" circle punch, so I used the closest circle in the "Layering Circle Framelets."  I did have a 2" circle punch but it's an old leaver one and it didn't reach in as far as I needed it to. But I made do with what I had and it worked.  I have a friend who's birthday is today and I will be seeing her tomorrow.  I'm excited to give her this card because she loves different techniques and teaches them to her downline.  

I just love this ladybug.  I had made a necklace (still not finished) for my granddaughter that has a ladybug on it and now I'm motivated to finish it (all I have to do is glue a bail on it). Then I can make her a cute little card with this "Little Ladybug" stamp set and give her the cute necklace. I'll post it on here when I get it done.

This was a fun card to make but a bit of time is involved.  I was glad for the great instructions, it made it all worth while and with limited mistakes.  Ya gotta love instructions like that.  I didn't have to stop and say "what, I don't get it."

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Friday, January 10, 2020

Little Ladybug, Thank You Card

My order arrived.  I have mixed emotions about it. My mindset was to play with more of the sets that I have from the big catalog that I've hardly played with (because other orders came in and I played with the new stuff instead! - BIG lesson learned here).  But I gave into temptation and opened the box!  It had been here for 5 hours before I opened it!!  See, I told you about my mindset.  But that was a fleeting moment!! LOL

I opened the new "Little Ladybug" set. It's a Sale-a-Bration set.  There's four cute ladybugs in the set, plus a big flower, four tiny ladybugs on one stamp and words, seven of them.  A great set to have.

This is what I came up with.  I used a folded half-sheet of Real Red card stock. On top of that I cut a 2" x 5" piece of Designer Series Paper from the 6" x 6" Regals Pack.  I thought the gingham would look the best of all of them. Ideally would have been  polka dot paper but there isn't any. the designs were changed and out went the dots. So you just try to make things work.  And I think this works.

I cut a 5-1/8" x 2-1/8" piece of Basic Black card stock for the layer. I taped the two pieces together and I taped them to the left side of the card.

I stamped the ladybug using black Memento ink on Whisper White card stock.  I die cut it using the oval die. I also die cut a scalloped oval using Basic Black card stock.

I colored the ladybug using my Blends pens. I used Real Red, Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, light Petal Pink and light Flirty Flamingo for the blushing cheeks!

Next I stamped the words from the "Little Ladybug" set using black Memento ink.  I taped the two ovals together and set them in place on the front of the card using Dimensionals.

I took some retired black ribbon and tied a bow and used glue dots to set it in place under the oval.

This was a very fun and cute card to make.  I need to make a couple more thank you cards.  The new sets I got should inspire me!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Thursday, January 09, 2020

Sailing Home, Itty Bitty greetings, Masculine Birthday Card, Pendulum Stamping Technique

 Today I was looking at some card ideas and saw this cute "Pendulum" technique.  The first card I saw was a cute walrus card but there were no directions on how to make the card work. SO I Googled "Pendulum Card Technique" and I found a cute puppy card and it was a video how to! So off I went to make it.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.

I took a 1/4 sheet of Seaside Spray and I textured it using the "High Seas 3D" embossing folder.  Then I took a 1/4" sheet of Pacific Point and textured it too.  I followed a line of waves with my snips and cut across the "sea".  I set these pieces aside.

Then I stamped the sailboat twice.  Once to use the entire boat and once to cut the sails off.

I colored the boat using both light and dark Crumb Cake Blends pens.  I colored the sails on both pieces  using both light and dark Real Red Blends pens.  

For my pendulum I used the smallest long rectangle die from the "Rectangle Stitched Framelets" set.  You can use a strip of card stock for this too.  I was just at my Big Shot and was cutting everything I thought I needed at the moment.

I used my 1/4" paper punch to punch out a Dimensional to place on the top part of the pendulum.  I took some tearaway tape to tape a penny to the bottom of the opposite side of the pendulum.  

Now came some thinking and maneuvering.  I set my cut sea piece on top of the Seaside Spray one so I could see how far into the "water" I wanted my boat to be.  I marked the back of my boat sail lightly where I thought the pendulum would need to hang.  It took a few tries but I managed to get things where I want them.  The video will help you out better with this step.  Plus you will be given a little tip to help you out so your boat won't capsize.  LOL   

After getting my boat where it needed to be, I die cut a circle to accommodate the punched Dimensional.  I found one in my "Colorful Seasons bundle.  It was a perfect match.  You could use a 3/8" circle cutter or punch to do that too, I didn't have either.  The circle was cut on the Seaside Spray card stock.  Then the Dimensional from the pendulum was placed through the hole.  The large sail was attached to the matching sail. I added a piece of Dimensional to the bottom of the sail and to the top part. I tried to cut a long thin triangle of Dimensional.  I pressed it in place and pressed onto the 1/4" circle Dimensional.  That made the sail sink in a little in that spot but it's okay, I don't think anyone will notice because they will be in awe of how cut the boat rocks back and forth!  I added the smaller sail using pieces of Dimensionals and that part of the card was done.

I added the Pacific Point waves in place using Dimensional. Be sure not to add them where the boat will be rocking. I drew a line with my pencil on the backside so I would avoid that area.

Now it was time to add the piece to the card base.  Again, you need to pay attention here.  Add them around the areas where the pendulum doesn't swing.  You may need to add some closer to the pendulum to prevent it from swinging too much and capsizing your boat!

I used a small punch and made a sun using Daffodil Delight card stock. I set it in place using a Dimensionals.

The words are from the "Itty Bitty Greetings" set and I stamped them using black Memento ink. I punched them out using the "Classic Label" punch and I set them in place using small Dimensionals.

And that was it.  I had to show it to hubby, I thought it was SO cute!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda



Sailing Home Pendulum Card Video


This is my first video. I didn't realize I could add them to my blogger pages.  I don't have the setup for videos but I thought I would record my card on my phone and see what happens.  

This is what happened but you get the idea of what the card looks like with the boat rocking!

Now go make one!
Wanda

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Perennial Essence, Beautiful Friendship, Birthday Card

While looking in my workroom at the tons of Designer Series Papers (DSP) that I have, many being retired,  I realized I need to come up with a card that will use a big piece of the DSP and yet make a nice card.  "Perennial Essence" DSP is SO pretty, SO pretty in fact that I bought two packages of it and have only opened one.  Hmmm.  Hence the desire to find a card that took up a lot of the DSP.  I have lots of Christmas DSP too but I won't be making any Christmas cards for my blog. It's time for pretty fun bright spring and summer colored cards!

The base of my card today is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock. On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Flirty Flamingo card stock.  And the DSP, from the "Perennial Essence" pack was cut at 3-3/4" x 5".

Before taping the DSP to the Flirty Flamingo piece, I die cut the scalloped circle.  Yup, I remembered to do it but I didn't remember to try to do it towards the center. I did it towards the edge but at least I had it in far enough so the DSP covered it.  Caught a break there!  After taping the two pieces together I added a strip of the ribbon to the front and taped the edges on the backside.  Then I tied a bow and used a glue dot to tape it to the ribbon.  This is my least favorite ribbon of all time.  It's very pretty, soft with fuzzy dots but it's very difficult to work with. It's very flimsy and is hard to pull the bow nice.  I have about 1/3 of a spool left and I will not be ordering any more of it.

After taping the ribbon on, I taped the two layers to the card base.

Next I stamped the words from the "Beautiful Friendship" set using black Memento ink on Whisper White card stock.  I taped the words to the Flirty Flamingo scalloped circle and set it in place using Dimenisonals.  And that was it.  

It's a super quick and easy card to make that allows you to use up a nice size piece of DSP!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Tuesday, January 07, 2020

Varied Vases, Good Morning Magnolia, Thinking of You Card

While looking though the stamp sets I have, I ran across the "Varied Vases" set. I have not played with it for a while and I have a feeling it's going to retire.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Real Red card stock.  On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Basic Black card stock and on top of that is a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of Whisper White.  I taped the Whisper White piece to the Basic Black piece.

I cut a 5" x 2" piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the 6 x 6" Regals pack.  I need to use those packs more too.  There's a awful lot of paper in those packs and in all the colors in each collection!! I taped the DSP in place on the left side of the Whisper White piece.

I took a piece of black ribbon and I taped it to the DSP and Whisper White piece.  I used the edge of the DSP as a guide for the ribbon. I taped the ends of the ribbon on the backside using some snail first and once they were where I wanted them, I taped them down with scotch tape. Then I taped the entire piece to the card base.

Next I stamped the vase from the "Varied Vases" set on a piece of scrap Whisper White using black Memento ink.  

I stamped the words from the "Good Morning Magnolia" set using black Memento ink. I die cut them using the Stitched rectangle die that is close to 3-5/8" x 2-1/4".  I left about 3/8" of open space at the bottom.  I should have only left 1/4" instead.  I had to make the stems shorter than I wanted. I cut a piece of Basic Black card stock at 3-7/8" x 2-1/2" for the layer.

I stamped the vase from the "Varied Vases" using black Memento ink. I punched it out with the matching punch.  I lined up the vase on the rectangle piece to see where the flowers were going to go. I stamped the flowers and colored them in using the Real Red Blends Pens.  And I colored the center of the flowers with the dark Daffodil Delight Blends pen.  

I taped the rectangles together and set them in place on the front of the card using Dimensionals.  I set the vase in place using small Dimensionals.  I added a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White to the inside of the card and it was done.

This was a fun and quick card to make.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Monday, January 06, 2020

Flourishing Phrases, Perennial Essence, Itty Bitty Greetings, Birthday Card

I just discovered that I had purchased two packages of the "Perennial Essence" Designer Series Paper" (DSP) and I thought I should try to use it in my cards more.  I know I have until sometime in late May or early June to use it up but with the new stuff coming and so many other things to make, I will probably forget about the paper and end up not using it. So I'm going to make a conscious effort to use it.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Night of Navy card stock.  On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Seaside Spray card stock.  

Then I cut the DSP to 2-1/2" x 4-1/8" and I cut a 2-5/8" x 4-1/4"piece of Night of Navy card stock for the layer.  I taped those two pieces together and I taped that to the Seaside Spray piece. I lined up the top, left and bottom so they were pretty equal.

I punched out two of the large flowers using the "Daisy" punch.  I punched out four of the smaller ones using the "Medium Daisy" punch.  I paired them up and taped the centers.  I set them in place on the front of the card using Dimensionals.  I added some "Faceted Gems" to the center of each flower.

Then I die cut three of the gold glitter "things" (what are they???) from the "Flourishing Phrases" bundle. The dies are called "Flourish" thinlits.  I added glue to the ends and slid them in place under the flowers.

Then I punched three leaves using Shaded Spruce card stock and the "Leaf" punch.  I added glue to the ends of each and slipped them in place under the flowers.

The words are from the "Itty Bitty Greetings" set. I used Night of Navy ink to stamp them on Whisper White card stock and I punched them out using the "Classic Label" punch.  I set them in place using Dimensionals.

I added a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White piece to the inside for writing on.

I really like the "Flourishing Phrases" set and I have a feeling it will be retiring this year.

I like the looks of this card.  I think it's the DSP that really sets this card off.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Sunday, January 05, 2020

Beautiful Friendship, Perennial Essence, Birthday Card

Today's card doesn't really do it for me!!!! I think the left side is a bit blah.  I was trying to play with some pieces that were already cut. I seem to get so many small pieces that end backup in the pack of papers. The settle to the bottom and sometimes get other designs on top and then they are buried.  SO today when I was looking through the papers, I decided to try to use up a few of those sitting in the pack.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Pacific Point card stock. This card opens on the right and the fold is on the left.

I taped a 1-1/4" x 5-1/4" piece of the peach colored Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Perennial Essence" 12" x 12" package over a 5-1/4" x 4" piece of DSP from the same pack. It's not the back side of the peach piece. The backside of the large piece is a green color.  I didn't really care for it and I didn't think it would look good on the side strip.  Plus I didn't have a strip of it so I would have had to cut a new piece and that would have defeated the whole purpose here of using up pieces in the pack.    

I added some Petal Pink organza ribbon to the front. I lined the edge of the ribbon up with the edge of the DSP.  If I would have used the green strip, it would have shown through the ribbon.  Anyway, I taped the ribbon to the back of the DSP using transparent tape.  Then I taped the whole piece to the card base using snail tape.

I stamped the words from the "Beautiful Friendship" set using Pacific Point ink.  I die cut them with the "Stitched Nested Labels" dies.  I also die cut a Pacific Point piece using the next larger die.  I taped the two pieces together and I set them in place on front of the card using Dimensionals.

It may not be a beauty but it's a quick and easy card to make when you need one in a flash!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Beaded Piano Keys Bracelet

Today I'm going to share with you a bracelet I made last month and just added the clasp today.  I am notorious for making bracelets and not adding the clasps. I'm going to be going through my beading stuff this year and pulling out all of those almost finished projects!!!  I will probably post them in my web store (cheap) to get rid of them. I have too much stuff here!!!

I found the detailed instructions on YouTube.  You can see it by clicking here.  It's very easy to follow along.  It is not in English.  My husband asked me if I could understand what the lady was saying and I told him "of course I can, she's speaking "bead"!"  LOL 

Beading is one of a handful of my passions.  I stamp, bead, knit in my knitting machine, crochet, I work with polymer clay (Sculpey, Fimo, etc), wire, PMC (precious metal clay), and some painting.  That doesn't leave much time for housework!!  LOL  

So here it is.  It's finished and it's actually sold!

Thank you for indulging me!
Wanda